5 hot rods you can totally make your own
What vehicle comes to mind when you imagine a hot rod? Some conjure up an image of a ’32 Ford coupe, others may go to a drag-race-prepped gasser, while others have an entirely different image that’s far from the norm. That’s the beauty of hot rods; they are entirely up to the builder to define. Here are five hot rods from Hagerty’s Marketplace that you could drive as-is or make your own. If one of the following vehicles made its way into your garage, what would you do with it?
1927 Ford Model T Roadster
This track-nosed T roadster is powered by a 2.8-liter V-6 pirated from a Capri. While it doesn’t have is the V-8 soundtrack; there’s not much metal to move around here. We’re sure it more than gets out of its own way. We especially love how the frame and body blend together nearly seamlessly, and the DuVall-style windshield is a great look for such a sleek, low ride. It features some fabulous scallops, but the color choice is a little too subdued in our opinion. Our very own Sajeev Mehta, brown car aficionado that he is, may argue that it’s a lovely rootbeer float of a combination, but we think that a racy roadster needs something a bit bolder.
1929 Ford Model A Roadster
This rather monotone roadster might not be an original Model A, but it is steel. Brookville bodies have a great reputation among hot-rodders, and this one looks fantastic. It has a ’32 grille shell and, hiding under those full fenders, is an independent front suspension. Its Chevy TPI V-8 dates it a bit, as those were the hot swap when those unique-looking engines were new in the ’80s and ’90s, but the overall package is still quite appealing. We’re sure that torquey engine would be a blast in such a small package.
1930 Ford Model A Sedan
A Ford Model A with a flathead V-8 is a quintessential hot rod. While a coupe or roadster would look racier, this sedan has a real Ford steel body, a ’32 grille shell, and a ’53 Ford flathead V-8 with a trio of what look like Holey 94 carbs atop an Edelbrock manifold. That’s not a bad collection of parts at all. It has an interesting look with its swoopy fiberglass front fenders, but it could also be the start of something entirely different. We see lots of potential here.
1956 Chevrolet 210
Tri-five Chevys make fantastic hot rods, and this traditionally flamed two-door certainly looks the part, almost like it rumbled in off the set of American Grafitti. The yellow and orange flames lick down the black body, and there are no emblems, trim pieces, or door handles to distract from the car’s clean lines. Of course, a hot rod needs plenty of performance, and this ’56 delivers there as well. Under the hood, you’ll find a Chevy 454 big-block decked out in chrome and topped with an Edelbrock intake manifold. That’s a lot more engine than any factory ’56 ever had.
1992 Jeep Cherokee
You probably didn’t expect to see a Jeep Cherokee in a list of hot rods, but when we were browsing through the Marketplace and came across this V-8 swapped machine we couldn’t deny that the hot rod label applies. This two-door Cherokee ditched its factory inline-six for a Chevy LS2 V-8 to more than double its power. Considering how light these unibody Jeeps are, 400 hp should be quite fun. The owner notes that the SUV spent most of its life in California and therefore wasn’t subjected to road salt, keeping the undercarriage from rotting away. If you’ve got an itch for a unique off-road plaything, this XJ might be the one for you.